Hi everyone! I’ve missed our monthly visits on Inspy Romance, but I try to read the posts every morning to start my day off right. I smile when I see familiar names, and I jump in every now and then with the occasional comment. When Jill Weatherholt graciously invited me to revisit Inspy Romance and share with you about my upcoming release, Thee Will I Cherish, I jumped at the opportunity to say hello and reconnect with some of my favorite readers! I’ve just returned from the first ever Southern CA Christian Writers’ Conference on the beautiful campus of Biola (Bible Institute of Los Angeles) in La Mirada, and I’m energized, renewed, and refreshed. We all need those times in our lives, don’t we? So, about this new book and series…
Thee Will I Cherish is the first in my Treasured Vow Series. Please see the covers for all three books; it’s obvious each couple has a happily ever after ending, but remember, it’s the journey that makes the story! A Christian romance isn’t complete without that happy ending (or the promise of one), after all. Initially, when I revealed the name of this new series, some readers assumed the books would be centered on married couples. Truthfully? I hadn’t thought much about the basic concept until after I’d released The Valentine Verse. Then I was finally able to brainstorm and begin drafting this newest novel (my 25th!).
The Treasured Vow Series is very much focused on marriage, but not in the way you might think. Let me explain. The series features the stories of Gabriella, Matt, and Aubrey, three of four siblings in the Martin family in Meadowvale, a small fictional town located in the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley of Virginia (100 miles outside of Washington, D.C.). Although they’re the children of renowned Christian marriage experts, they don’t have a clue! They all need guidance from the Lord as well as their friends and family to help them navigate relationships and love.
As with all of my books, a strong emphasis is put on faith and family as well as doing the best we can in pursuing godly lives. I hope you’ll find these characters fun and entertaining and you’ll want to invite them into your home as friends!
Here’s the book description for Thee Will I Cherish:
Armed with her MBA degree, Gabriella Martin is ready to face the world. She’s gained valuable experience the past year as the interim CFO of her parents’ highly successful Choose Me! Christian marriage ministry, but is that what she’s destined to do the rest of her career? While she considers her options, Gabriella returns home to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in her native Virginia. What she doesn’t count on is running into her childhood friend Harley nearly everywhere she goes, especially since he suddenly seems more ruggedly handsome and irresistibly charming than ever.
A master woodworker and furniture builder, Harley Goodwin has always been “just friends” with Gabriella Martin from the time they were kids. While she’s home in Meadowvale trying to figure out her future direction, Harley prays he can finally win her heart. He might not have a fancy college degree, but he’s built a solid, flourishing career and is financially stable. As determined as Harley is to earn Gabriella’s love, she seems to suffer the misconception that he’s dated every other eligible girl in town, and she’s the last woman standing. During the long and hazy days of summer, can Harley convince this stubborn beauty she’s the only woman he’s ever loved and that Gabriella needs to stay in Meadowvale permanently and make a life, home, and family with him?
Treasured Vow Series, Book 2: Thee Will I Honor (Matt’s Story)
Treasured Vow Series, Book 3: Thee Will I Love (Aubrey’s Story)
I was thinking of posting an excerpt, but—interestingly enough—each passage I considered gave away a clue for an event in the book that I didn’t want revealed pre-release. Besides, my readers sometimes tell me they don’t want to be “teased” if they can’t read the book right away. So, with that said, Thee Will I Cherish is on pre-order on Amazon! Here is the link: PRE-ORDER NOW.
Thank you for allowing me to share with you today! I’ll be giving away an ebook copy of The Valentine Verse (or any other single book of mine, reader’s choice) to one reader who answers the following question:
When you read a Christian romance, what is the
ONE most crucial element that draws you in and holds your interest?
All comments on this post before midnight July 19, will go in the draw for a free ebook copy of The Valentine Verse. The winner will be announced in the Weekend Edition on Sunday, July 23, 2017.
Thee Will I Cherish is USA Today bestselling author JoAnn Durgin’s first book in her three-book Treasured Vow Series. JoAnn is the author of the beloved Lewis Legacy Series as well as Prelude, the prequel to the series. Her other works include the Amazon bestselling Catching Serenity, Heart’s Design and its sequel, Gentle Like the Rain, The Wondrous Love Series, Echoes of Edinburgh, Perchance to Dream, Whisper to My Heart, The Valentine Verse, The Christmas Challenge, and the popular Starlight Christmas Series.
JoAnn writes contemporary Christian romance full-time and lives with her family in her native southern Indiana. Writing Christian fiction is her passion, and she loves nothing more than sharing the hope to be found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Contact JoAnn via her website: www.joanndurgin.com